Live Comfortably

17 Feb 19
Reiseberichte

Day 3 – Penang I have always devoted one morning of my travels to view the sun rising. Every sunrise is the same but the experience is different. Some sunrises I have seen comfortably, sitting on bench and enjoying the fresh mountain air, for some sunrises I had to just lie on the beach and […]

17 Feb 19
alayne white

There is a baby monitor in the living room that lets anyone sitting there hear the sounds of my 101 year old grandfather when he is in his bedroom. His long life has come to this and he is lucky. We are lucky to have a man in our lives who actually did what the […]

17 Feb 19
Spiritual Gravity

I am here resting comfortably on a soft cushioned chair on vacation visiting with my grandchildren in Orlando, Florida. Although I am 14 stories above the earth I have no awareness of not being on the ground.  As I live in South Florida and spend 99 % of my time either on the first or […]

17 Feb 19
The Wood Life

Like I lot of people I didn’t have a clue what went into getting your floors done. Whether you’re getting them sanded and refinished or installing brand new flooring, what can seem like an overwhelming project is actually quite the opposite, because JD’s Flooring makes it our priority. So you’ve invited us in your home […]

17 Feb 19
Scribbles from heart

  The thumping of your heavy foots assure us Your heavy breathing  and panting are melodies for us The snow covered mountains sing songs of your bravery Beyond our imagination is the weight of your artillery Houses , gold and money are humanly  pleasures Those medals on your shoulders  are true treasures We crib of […]

17 Feb 19
Russia News Now

Daily Digest Image by JMCostanza, Flickr Creative Commons by Daily Digest Sunday, February 17, 2019, 11:06 AM Economy Trillion-dollar-valued Amazon pays $0 in income taxes for 2018, gets multi-million refund (lambertad) While President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax reform legislation lowered corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 21 percent, it was sold as an incentive […]

17 Feb 19

Eight things you need to consider about where YOU live when planning for a disaster.  Find out the 22 things you ALREADY have that must be in your preparedness bag.  Comfortably survive a 3-day disaster, for less than $100 total.  Learn what mistakes most people make when planning for disasters.  This report is published by […]

17 Feb 19
FightBook MMA, LLC

LOS ANGELES– WBA Featherweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz (36-1-1, 19 KOs) retained his title in front of his hometown crowd by winning a unanimous decision over Rafael Rivera (26-3-2, 17 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday night from Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los […]

17 Feb 19
Michelle Azevedo

I’ve been self-publishing these uncategorised little musings here for some time now, and once in a very special while, someone who has taken the time to read it all will get in touch and let me know their feelings about it.  Recently, one such person contacted me to impart what I think is a very […]

17 Feb 19
the road

A sermon for the Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany, Luke 6:17-26 There is a danger in becoming complacent in our faith. There are are a number of factors that can lead to this complacency. It can be such hard work to work on ourselves that when we get to a state of equilibrium, we feel (perhaps rightly) deserving of a break, a point of rest, […]

17 Feb 19
doodle channel

The notion that I am finally turning 22 and edging closer to turning 30 – even though that is 8 years away – depresses me. Aging has never been a friendly thought and I’ve never welcomed it. It overwhelms me with fear, yet, at the same time, I cannot wait for when I finally have […]

17 Feb 19
Jazz Pondering

Two entries ago I posted a poem, labelled ‘This Is Not a Poem’. For those of you who aren’t big on poetry, or can’t be fucked deciphering what the creative – but elusive – corners of my mind have to say, it is about how I perceive Berlin. Hence the title “This Is Not a […]

17 Feb 19
Thrive Global
Running a business is a nail-biting, brow-beating, heart-pounding lifestyle. It’s the kind of wildly intense role that either compels one to greatness or dissolves him/her into a pile of exhausted goo. Taking the time out to recharge and chill out is beyond counterintuitive when, by all appearances, there is an out-of-control fire raging somewhere in your world. Who has the time to employ stress management techniques or to think about self-care when there is constant, immense pressure to come up with inspirational, outside-the-box solutions to what often appear to be insurmountable problems? Yet the most important relationship a CEO develops is not with a fellow colleague, investor, or even their customers; it’s with stress. This will make or break you. So how do we carve out an effective way to turn stress into empowerment? By learning from those that have already cracked this code. Those who have been there, done that and emerged victorious; building a business, growing it, meeting challenges and exceeding expectations in the face of awesome difficulties, under circumstances that are seemingly impossible-to-navigate – and doing it all with a big, genuine smile. There are many successful CEOs who have blazed a trail for you to follow. Ahead we’ll look at three solutions that highly accomplished leaders have employed to soothe their stresses, move through obstacles and free up their minds and energies to allow creative solutions to flow. Be a Boss at Planning In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” This may sound exceedingly obvious, but you’d be shocked to know how many put off planning more than a daily to-do list out of overwhelm. Planning ahead and tackling issues early on are not just common sense for leadership; this is also a bona fide stress buster. Having plans and guidelines in place frees your mind to wander along more creative pathways because all of the more workaday details that you have to contend with are already sorted out or delegated. When your mind is not bogged down with one million petty concerns, you are freer to tackle big-picture problems. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos likes to avert stress proactively by tackling the biggest monster under the bed at his earliest convenience. Ignoring a problem can allow it to grow larger and more formidable, if only in your own mind. Says Bezos of tackling bugbears, “I find as soon as I identify it, and make the first phone call, or send off the first e-mail message, or whatever it is that we’re going to do to start to address that situation—even if it’s not solved—the mere fact that we’re addressing it dramatically reduces any stress that might come from it.” Apple CEO Tim Cook starts his week off early by scheduling staff phone calls for Sunday nights. Having an outline of what you want to accomplish allows you to move through your day—or your week, month and year—without the nagging worry that some detail will be overlooked or forgotten. Everything is all planned out in advance and you can refer back to your original intentions if ever you feel like you are getting off track. This is not to suggest that there will never be a need to reassess and change course, but having solid intentions in place at the outset makes these corrections less painful and laborious. You already know where you’re headed, sometimes you just need to find a new way to scale that cliff. Rich Balot, CEO of Victra, hired a coach from coaching consultancy CEO Coaching International who helped him to, in his words, “organize the company, to take control of it, and most importantly, to plan the future instead of letting the future just happen.” The right mentor or coach can assist you in stepping back, taking a look at the results that you’re getting and then guide you in refocusing your efforts if need be. The takeaway here is to get ahead of any potential issues as early in the game as possible, and to seek professional help if this is not your forte. Open Communication: Make this a Top Priority The second proactive stress buster allows for the creation of a harmonious circle—as opposed to the more commonly encountered vicious circle—of open and relaxed communication. For Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, open communication is of the utmost importance in managing stress and in his opinion, is an essential for effective leaders. According to Nadella, “The key is to make sure you’re engaging in a dialog with your employees…You cannot have people burn out. It’s bad for your company, and it’s bad for society.” A relatively stress free CEO is approachable and engenders an atmosphere of free and open communication that prevents misunderstandings and stalled interactions, keeping business humming along more productively. If those at the helm are on an even keel, the entire team feels inspired to follow that example. It’s important to have communication within your team down to a fairly reliable science so that all of you are comfortably speaking the same language. Clear communication effectively eliminates instances of confusion that can slow progress and impede innovation, creating stress for leaders and for the entire team. A less stressful workplace enables minds to function more creatively and also makes your team feel free to speak up and share the fruits of that freedom and creativity. Step Away From the Desk. And Turn Off That Phone. So what else can you do as a busy C-suiter, stretched to the max, to become that stress-free leader who engenders the open communication that, in turn, prevents more stress? The third stress buster attacks stress proactively but is also effective after stress has already reared its head. One must look away from the problem and strategy in order to gain clarity. If you are disciplined about giving yourself downtime, even if it is just 15 minutes away from your desk to remember there is indeed a great outdoors, this will do wonders for refreshing your point of view. In addition, scheduling downtime before acute stress strikes can help you to cope with a more level head. But what could be more counterintuitive than stepping out of the office during crunch time, when you are under the pressure of an intense deadline and trying to resolve a problem with all possible expediency? And even still, turning off your phone and unplugging from all communications? It may require a lot of determination to force yourself to break the habit of immediately doubling down on a problem but stepping away and getting your brain engaged in a different way can be a great way to surmount creative blocks. We humans are not made to be tied to stresses and technologies all of our waking hours. But in these busy times, we need to make unplugging an unbreakable priority. Meg Whitman who has enjoyed an illustrious career that includes stints as CEO of eBay and Hewlett Packard, among others, and she likes to unwind by going fly fishing with her son at least six times a year. Warren Buffet plays the ukulele to get his mind out of a rut and working in a different way, while Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, goes for a six mile run every morning. Whatever your breakaway tactic, just do it. Schedule downtime. Be serious about stepping away and letting go of tech for a few. Make this a mantra you live by, and your stress levels will respond in kind. Averting Stress Takes Conscious Effort Skill at handling stress with calm and grace is something that can take years of trial and error—and a good degree of hindsight—to acquire. Don’t be too hard on yourself if grace under pressure is not second nature to you, or if you feel the need for a little extra guidance in honing communication or planning skills so that you can be more relaxed as a leader. It can be immensely helpful to find yourself an inspiring mentor who can guide you in making an honest assessment of your strengths and weaknesses so that you can keep yourself—and your business—on track. It’s hard to edit yourself, to be brutally honest with your stress skillset, but it’s a level of insight that can not only improve your work world, but your entire life.
17 Feb 19
Kara Bryn

“How come,” I continued, “How come you’re naked?” I didn’t want to offend her by making it sound like it was a bad thing. “I mean, the tattoos are really great, and you look great…” She smiled kindly, but was still going to let me keep digging myself into this hole. “You lost a bet […]

17 Feb 19
TechnoLife

We presented this week the value proposition of our product and also our newly revised BMC. In the value proposition we talked about our gain creators, pain relievers and MVP or how our product works. Then in the revised BMC we made it more specific especially in the costumer segments and we added some keywords […]

17 Feb 19
Daily Republic

We old guys have learned from experience that there is almost always more than one way to solve a problem. Here are a couple of examples. First, a problem I had with my Dragon voice-to-text program – it stopped working. The solutions presented on my computer didn’t work: “Press your microphone button” I was told. […]